Argentina to declassify all intel on Israeli Embassy bombing

Government decision on deadly 1992 attack comes in response to request by Argentine Supreme Court

Shimon Perez visiting the memorial for the bombing in Argentina in 2009. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)
Shimon Perez visiting the memorial for the bombing in Argentina in 2009. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Argentinian government will declassify all intelligence documents about the March 17, 1992, attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that killed 29 people and wounded hundreds.

The measure was announced Thursday on the government’s website for records of public proceedings, Official Gazette.

The move is a response to a request made Wednesday by the National Supreme Court of Justice in a document signed by all four justices.

The court is in charge of the investigation because the attack occurred on a diplomatic mission. The ongoing Supreme Court investigation has found that the attack was perpetrated by Hezbollah.

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner in Buenos Aires on January 30, 2015. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNI)
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner in Buenos Aires on January 30, 2015. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNI)

Interest in the investigation has picked up since last month when Argentina’s President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner rebuked Israel for not working to bring the perpetrators of the 1992 bombing of its embassy in Buenos Aires to justice. Israel responded that it is Argentina’s responsibility to bring the bombers to justice.

In 1999, the court ordered the arrest of top Hezbollah operations office Imad Mughniyah, who was assassinated in 2008, in connection with the embassy attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned the two bombings in Buenos Aires last month during his address to a joint meeting of the US Congress, when he said that Iran “blew up the Jewish community center and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.”

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